Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To arrange or deal with in order of importance.
  • intransitive v. To put things in order of importance: "Everyone should take time to be alone, to prioritize and meditate” ( Art Linkletter).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to arrange or list a group of things in order of priority or importance
  • v. to rank something as having high priority

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. assign a priority to

Etymologies

priorit(y) + -ize.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From priority +‎ -ize. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "I never thought I'd be using the word prioritize in my life" says

    Vh1 Blog

  • One of things that we need to prioritize is to cleanse our society from this phenomenon of terrorism and all its challenges in order to save Iraq, the Iraqi wealth and the Iraqi citizens from the administrative corruption.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2006

  • And when I would start going to see shows and see bands kind of prioritize things wrong, to my mind, not prioritize the momentness of a show or not prioritize the physical experience of a show, instead prioritize making sure they don't make mistakes or prioritize trying to faithfully represent a pre-recorded piece of material, I felt like that was just wrong.

    James Murphy: The Man Behind LCD Soundsystem

  • So if you want video, and YouTube won't pay Verizon to provide it, then Verizon can "prioritize" other traffic.

    Rep. Alan Grayson: Verizon-Google: There's a Hard Rain Coming

  • Executives gave no indication of additional price cuts to those announced last month, but cautioned that they may choose to "prioritize" revenue growth over profit margins for now.

    G to Unveil Flurry of Products

  • In an e-mail sent April 16, NASA's Constellation program manager, Jeff Hanley, instructed his managers to "prioritize" all the resources they have at their disposal under this year's budget to plan for test flights of prototypes of the troubled Ares I rocket that Obama aims to cancel.

    NASA Watch: Keith Cowing: April 2010 Archives

  • In its report, Treasury stated that in weighing whether to exercise its option to appoint directors, it would "prioritize" institutions in part based on whether the government's investment in the bank exceeds $25 million.

    More banks missing TARP dividend payments

  • I remember first hearing "prioritize", instead of "set priorities", and I railed against it.

    my new chair

  • Merck must "prioritize" which vaccine to make, because of a limited supply of varicella, Eisele said.

    USATODAY.com News

  • Limit your work-in-progress to which is added a third, "prioritize".

    Vacuum

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